Alexander B. Gray is Managing Partner at American Global Strategies LLC, an international
strategic advisory firm that he co-founded with former National Security Advisor Robert C.
O’Brien. His practice focuses on the maritime, defense, and aerospace industries.
Mr. Gray most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the
White House National Security Council (NSC), where he was responsible for the National
Security Advisor’s Front Office and the budget, personnel, and security functions of the NSC.
Previously, he served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for the Defense
Industrial Base at the National Economic Council (NEC), the principal Executive Office of the
President (EOP) official responsible for matters impacting the defense and manufacturing
industrial base, and as Director for Oceania and Indo-Pacific Security at the NSC.
Earlier, Mr. Gray was a Member of the 2016 Presidential Transition Team at the U.S.
Department of State and served as Senior Advisor to former U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes
(R-VA), a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Gray, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a Senior Fellow at the
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC); a Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Global Taiwan
Institute (GTI); and a member of the Nixon Seminar, sponsored by the Richard Nixon
His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, National
Review, Newsweek, The National Interest, The Hill, The Weekly Standard, Naval War College
Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute. Mr. Gray
has also appeared on television and radio programs in the U.S., Taiwan, Japan, India, South
Korea, and Australia. He is currently writing a book on U.S. strategy in the Pacific Islands.
A recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the National
Security Council’s Outstanding Service Award, Mr. Gray is a Member of the Board of Visitors
of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is a graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs
at George Washington University.